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Tethered Drone System

A tethered and autonomous drone that powers continuous flight up to 120m using high voltages, providing telemetry up and secure HD video and high bandwidth data streaming down the tether.  This Drone can fly for 24 hours or more providing a platform for multiple applications.   With interchangeable multifunctional payload ‘pods’ to meet any operational requirements including; CCTV camera with thermal imaging and Infra-red, mobile phone or radio antennas, various sensors, or broadcast quality cameras.

Market Worldwide drone sales for commercial use are set to reach £6bn and tethered drones £1.6bn by 2020.  TDS will initially target the UK market but will quickly enter the world market with international interest already received.   The price point is circa £60k per platform with forecast sales of circa 100 per annum worldwide by 2020.


Already a flying prototype and CAA licensed, R&D with academic partners and collaboration opportunities with established MOD suppliers.   Commercialisation and product launch at Farnborough Air Show in July 2018.


None manufactured in the UK.  Others, Israel, France and USA have flight ceiling limitations 50 to max 100m due to the tether and power constraints.  All are more expensive, on average over $100k and being built primarily for the military or law enforcement markets.

Funding Requirement & Growth Strategy

Seeking £300k, c.£85k already invested under SEIS (from British Robotics Seed Fund) with a further £65k available under that scheme, and £150k under EIS.  Targeted client sales plus a lease / rental revenue model.

Exit Strategy

Given the attractive range of applications available, there could be opportunities within a 3-5-year window to sell a commercially mature tethered drone platform business to a large player in the security hardware or autonomous systems markets.



ZOA Robotics 

ZOA Robotics is pioneering the development of a low-cost robotics platform, enabling the automation of power, telecoms & industrial plant inspections, using highly mobile four-legged robots.

Inspections are labour intensive but difficult to automate, as sites require a high degree of mobility to tackle uneven ground and stairs. The Company is building a turn-key Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) solution for Plant and Maintenance Managers, delivering inspection reports and trend analysis to support Operation & Maintenance decision making.

The Company is reducing the cost of legged robots by a factor of 10, leveraging machine learning for locomotion, autonomy and data-analysis. Low cost hardware + machine learning enable the Company to offer a complete service as a commercially attractive package.

The Company’s founder is a proven entrepreneur with previous experience in the robotics industry and, along with his experienced technical team, has already created impressive initial prototypes of the product at reduced scale, and are now building full-size robots.

The Company believes that a market-ready first version of their product can be ready within twelve months.

The company has received commitments for full SEIS allocation (£150,000) and is raising a further £300,000 under EIS for a total raise of £450,000 for 27% of the Company.


Sketchbook Games

Sketchbook Games believe that video games are one of the most powerful storytelling mediums and aim to use them to create unique, moving experiences. They’re currently working with renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett on the multi-award winning Lost Words, an atmospheric adventure about a young girl aspiring to be a writer while dealing with the loss of her gran. The game is set between the pages of her diary and a fantasy land and ties the narrative into the gameplay in an unusual way, by having the player running on and interacting with the diary words themselves.


The studio have raised £225k so far and are looking for a further £250k in order to release the game across PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android platforms.

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